SP18 Geology of the Blue Ridge

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Tuesday March 6

9:15 AM  –  12:15 PM

Geology of the Blue Ridge
Instructor: Steve Yurkovich
Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27; 9:15 a.m.
to 12:15 p.m., April 3; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$137 Member / $147 Non-member
Limit: 16 students
Core requirement for BRN Certificate

Explore the geologic history of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The course will begin with a discussion of the earth’s interior and plate tectonics, then progress to a current model for formation of the Southern Appalachians. This will be followed by an overview of common earth materials and will conclude with a discussion of the surficial processes that have shaped these old mountains. The last meeting on April 3 will be a field trip.

Steve Yurkovich is a professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. For 40 years he was an educator in the geosciences program and researcher in Appalachian geology. He holds a doctorate from Brown University and is a licensed N.C. Professional Geologist. Yurkovich has produced a number of research publications related to the geology of western North Carolina and has led classes and field trips for numerous school, civic, environmental and professional groups.